Celtic’s recent 4-1 win over Hamilton was in danger of turning into one of those games where the team drop points, before the intervention of key man, who provided the spark needed to help the Hoops pick up the three points.

The player was Ryan Christie, who made his first Celtic appearance of 2020 in the second-half, with the game level at 1-1.

Didn’t take long to make impact

Christie didn’t take long to make an impact. His cross was steered him by Christopher Jullien to crucially put the Hoops 2-1 ahead in the game.

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That one pass showed what the team have been missing in the time that Christie has been out of the team. It isn’t that Celtic haven’t been playing well, as they have.

They have won all four games that Christie missed due to injury and suspension.

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie

Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie / (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, when it came to providing that touch of magic, Christie was on hand, like he has been so many times this season, to make the difference for the Hoops.

 

Manager must find a way to get player in starting line-up

Now Neil Lennon has to find a way to get Christie back into the starting line-up. You would imagine that he will return to the Hoops side for Wednesday night’s trip to Motherwell.

The question has to be asked though – who he will replace in the side? It will most likely be Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ntcham has performed well enough for the team recently, but he lacks that scoring and creative touch that Christie brings to the team.

So far this season, Christie has scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists, a remarkable record.

He might have been left on the bench against St Johnstone, but that game was over by half-time. When it came to winning the game against Hamilton, Lennon turned to Christie, who didn’t let him down.

He is too good a player to be left out of the starting line-up that will take on Motherwell.

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